Specials (studio album) by The Specials
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.3/100, a mean average of 77.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.0.
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I like more punk tunes and this is definitely original, but I can't stand big part of this record.
Ska is pretty boring music if listened to this many songs in a row. Put the best tracks on a mixed playlist,. then it will be okay. Fun music and well-executed and produced,
fun ska. gangsters epic
Favorite Tracks:Nite Klub, Blank Expression, Little Bitch
Very consistent, high energy album and a great introduction album for anyone wanting to get into 2-tone which mixes Punk with Ska.
Fun, energetic and great production provided by Elvis Costello. If there is one ska album you should have in your collection it's this one!
There are a few really good tracks on this album but most are just good. I like ska but when they split and formed fun boy 3, i thought the music went to a higher level.
Pretty much what a ska album produced by Elvis Costello would sound like.
This is ranked outside the top 500 albums! Incomprehensible!! This is a real classic- so much energy, humour and personality. This album is a joy. So many classics including their peerless cover of "a message to you Rudy". The pace never lets up and the tracks simply burst out of the speakers. Highly recommended.
I did see them in 1980. What I remember most from the concert (at King's Hall, Blackburn, UK) was the crowd chanting 'Rico, Rico' in praise their amazing trombonist who played every song like it was a 60's ska classic. I saw Terry Hall turn his ear to the crowd in a 'what are you chanting?' gesture, before he got it and turned to point towards their elderly trombonist in tribute. It was a great moment.
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